Let My People Live
This film courtesy of The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
Run time 13:31Producer Motion Picture Service CorporationSponsor The National Tuberculosis Association.Audio/Visual sound, black & white
DIRECTOR: Edgar Ulmer. SPONSOR: The National Tuberculosis Association. PRODUCTION: Motion Picture Service Corporation. CAMERA: William Miller. EDITOR: SOUND: Nelson Minnerly. DRAMATIC ASSISTANTS: S.E. Walker, Edward Lawson. CAST: Rex Ingram, Peggy Howard, Merritt Smith, Erostine Coles, Christine Johnson. Jackson Burnside. NARA ARC Identifier: 98575
Aimed at African Americans and shot at Tuskegee University, this film instructs viewers in the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis by focusing on a pair of sympathetic siblings, George and Mary, whose lives are altered by the disease. Starring Rex Ingram as Dr. Gordon, the film suggests that organized religion is an important defensive location in this particular community, and warns of the dangers of the previous generation’s superstitions and its fear of medicine. The Health Department prominently featured the film at the 1939 World’s Fair. Directed by Edgar Ulmer.
February 18, 2015
This was a very well put together film made for African Americans about TB. A female gets sick, and disregards any advice about home remedies and goes to a doctor and ultimately, the hospital, to get cured. It does look though that it seemed pretty easy to just go and go to a hospital for this, which seems suspect in that time. I could be wrong though.